The papacy now has another septuagenarian.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, an Argentine, was selected Wednesday to head the Roman Catholic Church, an opening that arose when his predecessor, 85-year-old Pope Benedict XVI, stepped down from the demanding post, citing frailty.
Benedict's move was a aberrant one, historically speaking. No pope had stepped down from the lifelong position in almost 600 years.
Benedict was elected in 2005 at the age of 78 to succeed Pope John Paul II, which was seen as a move that continued the conservative bent of John Paul's reign.